What We Love
- Plenty of original 19th-century features
- Bright, open-plan living areas for hanging out in
- A large terrace with plenty of shade
- WiFi is free
- The best rooms are on the Gran Via
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $1 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- There’s no restaurant, but basic snacks and drinks are available
- Heating and air conditioning are (rather frustratingly) controlled from reception
- Free WiFi
Built in 1870 as the grand residence of Lady Dorotea de Chopitea, who dedicated her life to helping Barcelona’s poor and needy, Hotel Granvia is a characterful crash pad with a stellar location close to the Passieg de Gràcia. It became a hotel in 1935, and under the thoughtful eye of local designer Rosa Rossellón it has been fully revamped without losing its sense of place. Many original features remain, including an ornate plaster ceiling in the dining room, a grand central staircase and a first-floor gallery, but the space has been opened up and refreshed in a hipster palette of olive-green, lichen-gray and snowdrop-white.
Bed and Bath
Opened in June 2013 by Nuñez i Navarro, this petite 53-room hotel is already hugely popular for its reasonable rates and sleek decor. The guestrooms were inspired by New York lofts, with pale blond wood floors, flat-screen TVs and white tiled bathrooms (about half of the rooms have tubs). For the price they’re gems, though the duvets are a little thin in the winter and the double beds a little narrow. Guests who value space will be most comfortable in a twin room or in the Junior Suite, which has a four-poster bed and a sofa.
A lot of thought has gone into creature comforts at the Granvia. The breakfast room is designed for lingering, with sofas and armchairs flanking the dining tables, and free tea- and coffeemaking facilities provided 24/7. The library has a large communal table and long leather sofas surrounded by bookshelves. Tall patio doors open onto a large terrace with tables and chairs arranged within shady cabins, and there’s a secluded sunbathing area. Outdoor showers and a bar are due to be installed in time for summer 2014.
In the Area
Just a hop, skip and jump from the Passieg de Gràcia, the home of several of Barcelona’s most important Modernisme edifices, including Gaudí’s jewelbox Casa Batlló and his eye-boggling apartment building La Pedrera. It’s also the main hub of the city’s flagship designer stores and some of its best restaurants. Head for Tapas24 for stellar snacks by celebrity chef Carles Abellan, sample the country’s best wines at Monvinic, and feast on new wave Catalan cuisine at Cinc Sentits.
How to Get There
Hotel Granvia lived up to all our expectaions. Friendly staff, very clean and tidy rooms..spotless. Great location, in the centre of Barcelona. Free afternooon tea, daily, free cocktails daily. Excellent price for your money. A total must.
Perfect location. Walking distance to great food, tours and sites. Staff was so friendly and the rooms are clean and well kept. The terrace is a great place for afternoon coffee, which is complimentary. I’d recommend staying here.
Centrally located and clean. Breakfast was delicious and lots of variety. Staff was very accommodating and helped with giving us recommendations for restaurants and directions and getting us a taxi. This was our second stay here and would return if we're in Barcelona again
If I could give this ten stars I would - it’s that great!! Beautiful building (originally a private residence) immaculately clean (and I am extremely fussy) - unbelievable outdoor space, huge breakfast and a high tea at 4:30 all included. You could literally eat a huge late breakfast and an early dinner then go out at night for drinks and tapas for a very, very inexpensive but luxurious vacation. Centrally located in the city with great customer service (thank you to Marc and Oscar and to the very nice attendant who brought us cookies to go with our glass of Spanish Cava) and here’s the best part. Arrived from the US exhausted but rooms aren’t ready until 3:00 pm which is customary - but- I was able to sleep for over two hours on the comfortable sofas in the private and quiet outdoor space. Can’t wait to go back and stay here again.
Centrally located for everything Barcelona has to offer. The staff were exceptional, welcoming, helpful and always willing to go the extra mile to ensure we were looked after. Our room was spacious, always spotlessly clean and very comfortable. The roof terrace was a boon to enjoy the sunshine, comfortable and spotlessly clean.